With a lot of the negativity that seems to be flooding media, I think a positive one is worthwhile to share, even if it’s as simple as the below.
Last evening, during my daughter’s softball game at Challenger Field, which is next to the Branchburg Police Department in New Jersey, I took my son, Ryan, over to look at some of the police vehicles. At age 6, he already knows he wants to be a police officer and is always interested to check out and speak to officers when he has the chance. While we were over there, one of Branchburg’s officers took the opportunity to say hello to him and he immediately got a smile and lit up.
One thing that Ryan has wanted for a while is a die cast Branchburg Police Department toy car that they have sold in the past. We had asked the officer who took the time to speak with us if he knew if there were any left. The officer seemed to be coming off duty, but took the time to go look. After launching what seemed like an extensive search — which he could have easily given up on and told us to come back during the day — he came back out to present it to my son.
As you’ll see from the photo, my son’s smile says it all. The officer’s name is Officer Fred Ghanim.
In regard to my family, I raise my children to respect and trust in their law enforcement officers. They know what it is that officers do and the dangers that are faced on duty. It’s this type of “service” that I want them to aspire to no matter what direction they take in life. I can only hope that other families take this approach with their children — our officers deserve our respect and it needs to start with our kids.
I’ve extended my thanks to Branchburg Police Chief David Young and asked that he recognize the officer with his team. Officer Ghanim didn’t apprehend any criminal or fight crime that day, but what he did was make my son’s day and solidified his drive to be a police officer. I can assure you that he took that cruiser and this photo to school for his Kindergarten show and tell today at Whiton Elementary School.
Again, not sure if this is worthy of a story, but I wanted to pass it along nevertheless. It’s small, simple acts like this which make a difference, and I may be prejudiced in saying that in Branchburg we have the bravest and best!